“I come from a small town on Long Island. But Long Island as a whole has its ups and downs when it comes to music. A lot of hip hop legends came from the Island you know? De La Soul, Public Enemy, Rakim, so many. We kind of fell off for a little. But I see what’s on the come up and I think we’re on a good path again.”
Check out the interview with Just B. Polo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Just B. Polo: I’ve been writing for fun since before I can remember. I’ve been surrounded by music my whole life. I always knew this is what I wanted to do. The entertainment business is a tough one. As long as you keep yourself available for networking and meeting new people, and keep your work ethic up, your journey should never stop.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t ever care what people think. Sometimes the weirdest most “outside the box” music today is the normal music tomorrow. Just keep working hard for what you love and believe in – things fall into place.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Keeping a level head. A lot of times shows get cancelled and opportunities fall through and it seems like when you got something good it gets taken away. I had to learn that the hard way. What’s important is to just brush those negative circumstances off your shoulder and keep creating. If it’s meant to be, it will happen.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media! To be honest I probably wouldn’t even have a Twitter or Instagram or Facebook if it wasn’t for how helpful it is to push your music. Think about it, the more followers you have the more people will see what’s going on with your career through every step. It helps people remember that you’re out there making moves.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from a small town on Long Island. But Long Island as a whole has its ups and downs when it comes to music. A lot of hip hop legends came from the Island you know? De La Soul, Public Enemy, Rakim, so many. We kind of fell off for a little. But I see what’s on the come up and I think we’re on a good path again. As for fans, it’s love or hate. People either support you to death or they just want to see you fail. That’s ok though, that won’t stop me at all.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully working on more moves. I want to do more shows in more cities. I want to work with other artists, people that I haven’t worked with yet. From where I am, the only way to go is up. It’s just about how I go about it. But we’ll definitely see.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My inspirations come from everywhere. In hip hop you got people like Eminem and Luda that molded my taste in music. Outside of hip hop I loved the soul of Justin Nozuka. Even outside of music I get inspiration every time I hear someone’s life story. Every single person has something they can teach you. If you can take positivity out of everyone’s lessons, you’re set. Plain and simple.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think we’re all in for a treat. And I’m not just saying that. Some of these new artists are bringing real music back. Real bass lines, melodies, new rhythms, next level songwriting, and so much more. I hear some of these new artists and say, “Damn, I can’t wait ’till they’re huge and I can say I called it.”
Everyone is going to work together and we’ll bring a great sound to the next generation of stars.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat under @justbpolo. You can reach me on any of those. I try to answer every person who reaches out to me!